At a virtual press conference on Thursday, actor Armie Hammer—who was already the subject of disturbing claims leveled by several women—was publicly accused of rape by a woman identified only as Effie, who’s being represented by attorney Gloria Allred.
“On April 24, 2017, Armie Hammer violently raped me for over four hours in Los Angeles,” Effie, who Allred described as a “24-year-old woman who lives in Europe,” told reporters through tears.
Effie further claimed that she feared Hammer would murder her, saying, “During those four hours, I tried to get away but he wouldn’t let me. I thought he was going to kill me. Then [he] left with no concern for my well-being.”
Throughout the alleged rape, Effie said, Hammer repeatedly banged her head against the wall, bruising her face, beat her feet with a riding crop and “committed other acts of violence against me, to which I did not consent.”
Effie says she met Hammer via Facebook in 2016, when she was 20, and that they had an on-and-off relationship until 2020, during which, “He abused me mentally, emotionally and sexually.”
The LAPD confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Hammer is a suspect in a sexual assault investigation that was opened on February 3.
Hammer denied the new allegations through his lawyer, Andrew Brettler, who said in a statement that Effie’s “own correspondence with Mr. Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations. As recently as July 18, 2020, [Effie] sent graphic texts to Mr. Hammer telling him what she wanted him to do to her. Mr. Hammer responded making it clear that he did not want to maintain that type of relationship with her.”
Brettler provided a text exchange that he claims is between Hammer and Effie, which included Effie’s last name, saying it is “one of hundreds” Effie sent to the actor.
Allred countered, “I challenge Armie Hammer to present all, not some, of his communications with Effie to the Los Angeles Police Department and answer all of their questions directly rather than through his lawyers.”
Allred added that Effie has provided law enforcement with evidence of her claims and that there are photos proving she suffered “physical injuries,” though Allred referred specific questions about a possible investigation to the LAPD.
Asked if Effie would be pressing charges against Hammer, Allred responded, “It is for law enforcement and the prosecutor to decide if there is sufficient evidence.”
Hammer was previously accused of emotional abuse and manipulation by several women, of sharing cannibalistic fantasies with them, and of cutting an “A” into the pelvic area of former girlfriend Paige Lorenze. One of the first sources of the allegations was the social media account @houseofeffie.
Allred would not say if her client is behind @houseofeffie, but THR noted that the woman resembles the image associated with the account.
Calling Effie’s assertions an “attention-seeking and ill-advised legal bid,” Bettler insisted, “From day one, Mr. Hammer has maintained that all of his interactions with [Effie]—and every other sexual partner of his for that matter—have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.”
Allred addressed that defense at the beginning of the press conference, saying, “Even if a sexual partner agrees to sexual activities, she has the right at any point to withdraw her consent.”
Hammer has called the earlier allegations “bullshit,” but in the months since they were leveled he has he has stepped away from a starring role opposite Jennifer Lopez in Lionsgate’s Shotgun Wedding and left the cast of the Paramount+ series The Offer, as well as being dropped by WME.
“In speaking out today,” Effie said, “I hope to keep others from falling victim to him in the future.”